LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce in Boulder County
Launch Event Blog for OBC
April 22, 2019
The need and desire for an LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce in Boulder County is neither new nor unique; in fact, the idea for such an organization has been discussed for many years in the county, however, for whatever reason, was never able to materialize… until now. With the support and leadership of several community members and organizations, the launch of the Boulder County LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce (BoCo LGBTQ Chamber) is right around the corner, officially launching in May of 2019!
About two years ago, the concept started to get more attention from organizations like Out Boulder County, the Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce and even local LGBTQ meetup groups, like Flatirons LGBTQ Tech. Several individuals took the lead, creating a planning committee, and started exploring what an organization dedicated to LGBTQ-owned and LGBTQ-inclusive businesses in Boulder County would look like. It didn’t take long to get traction and soon enough, community members were voicing their support and desire to bring an LGBTQ-focused business organization to Boulder County. About the same time, the Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce (CO LBGTQ CC) had recently adopted a chapter model and was looking to expand across the State of Colorado. As such, it naturally made sense to work with the CO LBGTQ CC and create the first chapter in Boulder County. After several years of planning, surveys, and interviews, the BoCo LGBTQ Chamber was ready to launch.
The local chapter will work closely with the LGBTQ-owned and LGBTQ-inclusive businesses, both big and small, in Boulder County – with the goal of promoting and bringing awareness to these businesses as well as connecting and educating members through networking and programming. Further, being associated with the CO LGBTQ CC, the chapter will be able build on the established programming and foundation the state organization has already put in place. Members will also have the ability to seek LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) Certification through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
The chapter is in its final planning stages and pre-launch membership is available via the CO LGBTQ CC website (an updated website and the Boulder County webpage are currently being developed). Further, the BoCo LGBTQ Chamber has already secured two amazing Boulder County founding partners: Rembrandt Yard and Harbor Wealth Management, and is actively looking for additional organizations to help support and direct the chapter in its early years. If you or your organization are interested in learning more, please contact the BoCo LGBTQ Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, last but certainly not least, please join Out Boulder County, along with the CO LGBTQ CC and many LGBTQ-owned and LGBTQ-inclusive businesses for the long-awaited launch of the BoCo LGBTQ Chamber on Monday, May 20. The event is free and open to all! Details on the event are below:
LAUNCH EVENT: Boulder County LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce
Monday, May 20, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Rembrandt Yard (1301 Spruce St.) in Downtown Boulder
Free Event and Open to All
Drinks and Light Appetizers
Please RSVP Here.